Presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, pits 64 of the region’s most promising startups against each other in five rounds of head-to-head matchups. The third annual signature event starts at, where the 64 finalists are chosen to compete through the online rounds. After two online elimination rounds, 16 companies advance to the live-demo portion of the contest held March 2-4, 2016, at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. It’s here where they will compete for their share of a $100,000 cash prize by live-pitching their way through the brackets before a panel of judges, who will ultimately determine which company will be crowned the 2016 Venture Madness Champion.

Learn more at and when you’re ready, buy tickets early for the 2016 event as it is expected to sell out.